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Beltane Blessings!

1 May

Celtic Wheel of the Year, with Yule, Imbolc, Ostara, BELTANE, Litha, Lughnassad, Mabon, Samhain.

The TAURUS Super New Moon on April 26 prepared the ground for BELTANE, the mid-Spring Celtic, Pagan festival on April 30 / May 1 (in the middle of TAURUS) that traditionally honours and celebrates fertility and fecundity of Nature!



The Green Man appears, May Pole dances weave the masculine and feminine energies together. Jumping over the Beltane (which means ‘bright fire’) bonfires kindles passion and fertility, while the Beltane ashes have protective powers.


MayPoleMay_Pole_DanceMay Pole

Brings back sweet memories of May Pole dancing / weaving and Beltane Fire jumping at the Corunum Yurt, outside of Victoria, a few years ago. Precious Traditions in Community.
HAPPY BELTANE SEASON, dear Friends near and far!


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Spring Equinox March 20, 2017 :: Happy Astrological New Year!

18 Mar

We have a date with Spring:
The SUN enters ARIES this year on March 20 at 3:39 am PDT!


It is the Astrological New Year (SUN enters ARIES)!

Happy New Year, Astrology Friends out there!


SPRING EQUINOX is the day of equal daylight and night hours, from which day onward the days are getting longer than the nights, in the Northern hemisphere – the reign of the SUN over the next 6 months until Fall Equinox.
It is one of the sacred Corner Stones of the natural yearly cycle
(with its two Equinoxes, and two Solstices).


Celtic Wheel of the Year, with OSTARA / Spring Equinox, Beltane, Litha, Lughnassad, Mabon, Samhain, Yule, and Imbolc.


Easter (celebrated on the Sunday after the First Full Moon in Spring) was named after Ostara!
Yep, Easter is one of the few Christian festivals based on the Solunar calendar.
This year, the first Spring Full Moon will be on April 10, and April 16 will be Easter Sunday!





The spirit of Newness and Liberation is building, as the SUN enters ARIES, to approach URANUS (once a year!). Their encounter will be on Apr 13, shortly after the LIBRA – ARIES Full MOON on Apr 10.
And before that, on March 27, will be the First New Moon of the Astrological Year, with VENUS, SUN, MOON, URANUS, and MERCURY all in ARIES!
Quite the firecracker kickstarter, and breakthrough catalyst!

But patience please (I know, it’s hard for lightning fast ARIES), we’re not quite there yet! More about the ARIES NEW MOON in the next Astro~News dedicated specifically to that. Stay tuned.


Wanna take a peek at the SPRING EQUINOX 2017 chart?



Spring Equinox 2017


A few things strike:

  • Very fiery indeed – fresh Spirit ignites us, and shows the Path.
  • SUN / VENUS retro (they unite, for a ‘New Venus’ on March 25!) / MERCURY, and also URANUS in ARIES – preparing for the ARIES New Moon!
    Get ready for major paradigm shifts and liberating renewal.
    Rather than being so oriented towards ‘them’ take the first step, find inner values, be pro-active, and attract with your free, authentic nature!
    Begin the Begin!
  • As the SUN has passed CHIRON, vulnerabilities and overwhelm can be let go of – Spring is stirring. Go ahead!
  • Exactly at the Equinox time will be also the monthly MOON / SATURN alignment in late SAG, the Galactic Centre / Centaur (where SATURN sits stationary, to go retro on Apr 6):
    Tap into true inner seeing and wisdom before (or as) you make outer moves.
    What is your authentic path?
  • The Cardinal T-square of Feb / March, with URANUS in ARIES – JUPITER retro in LIBRA – PLUTO in CAP continues, and one of the ‘legs’ of this sharp alignment pattern, JUPITER square PLUTO, will be for the 2nd time exact on March 30:
    SO many choices, and always new ones popping up like buds in Spring – choosing wisely to find true blue compatibility, go for quality, integrity, and longevity! What would the inner master / guru / avatar inspire you to?
  • MARS in TAURUS (March 9 – Apr 21) enhances our desire for a slow, steady, solid, grounded approach, and to relax and enjoy Spring with all our senses!
    So needed, with all the ARIES and Cardinal energy!
  • Well, one more tension configuration: LILITH in early SAG squares the Nodal axis (now fading):
    Where does our intrinsic freedom direct us? How does Self Awareness (North Node on the Sphinx Point) come in? Simply put: Knowing who you are and what works for you helps you let go of what’s overwhelming and chaotic, and be free to move ahead from the Heart, and from the inside-out.

As VENUS is retro (until Apr 15), JUPITER in VENUS ruled LIBRA is also retro (until June 9), and SATURN in SAG goes retro for Spring and early Summer (Apr 6 – Aug 25) (not mentioning – now I do – MERCURY retro (Apr 9 – May 3) on the AR – TAU ‘Settling Point’), I wouldn’t suggest entering significant new long-term commitments at this time, but rather find purpose in ‘unfinished’ / revisited, important, timely tasks from the heart, and come with a fresh approach. The inner preparation for new structures and ventures is supported, of course.


May the Heart lead the way!
SEE you in Spring!






© 2017 by Melanie Lichtinger



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Full description at the FB event page.
On March 19 – the day before Spring Equinox!




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* Imbolc / St. Brigid’s on Feb 2! Mid-Winter Blessings!

2 Feb

Now, as the daylight hours are getting obviously longer, the middle of Winter is soon reached, as well as the midpoint of Aquarius: We’re celebrating Candlemas, Imbolc / Brigid’s Day and Groundhog Day (Feb 2).

In the Gaelic / Celtic Calendar, Imbolc is one of the 4 fixed Power Points of the Zodiac year!


In many areas of the Celtic world, this was the Fire Feast of Brigid the Irish goddess of hearth and home.
She is the keeper of the flame, the protector of the home, and a goddess of holy wells and springs. At Imbolc, her many aspects are being acknowledged, especially that of her role as a deity of transformation. As the world awakes from the dark slumber of Winter, it is time to cast off the chill of the past, and welcome the warmth of Spring.

Ahh, goes well together with VENUS entering ARIES on Feb 3!



Image: Celtic Wheel of the Year, with the Equinoxes, Solstices and mid-season / cross quarter holidays: Beltane, Luchnassad, Samhain, and Imbolc / Candlemas / Brigid’s Day


Here in Victoria snow drops and even of the first cherry blossom variety have been sighted!



The ground is greening again.

Brigid’s blessings….



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* It’s MidSummer! Happy Lammas / Lughnassad / LEO-nassad!

1 Aug

Lammas Landscape, Photo by Melanie, July 2016


Blessings for the sacred season of Central Summer!

The Celtic ‘gate of power’ Lammas / Lughnassad is now being celebrated. http://www.thewhitegoddess.co.uk/the_wheel_of_the_year/lammas.asp

Traditionally that’s on Aug 1. Exact mid (15°) Leo would be actually a few days later, Aug 7 / 8.

Central LEO is ‘double LEO’ (centre of the fixed sign, where energy concentrates): Solid Summer!



Celtic Wheel of the Year, with Ostara / Spring Equinox, Beltane, Litha / Summer Solstice, LUGHNASSAD, Mabon, Samhain, Yule, and Imbolc.


Many harvest festivals are starting at this time.

And it’s the celebration of CERES the grain goddess.
Presently, Asteroid CERES dwells (since mid July) for a Summer ‘episode’ in TAURUS, goes retro there in early Sept, back to fiery ARIES mid Oct (excellent for planting new seeds…) until into 2017.

The LEO New Moon tomorrow is a cosmic mirror of Lammas too: Planting seeds of bright, joyful self expression from the purity of Heart!

And actually, creativity and co-creation has been activated, with the Full Moon on July 19, on the CAP / AQ ‘Community Building’cusp (MOON) – CAN / LEO  ‘Creativity’ cusp (SUN).



Giuseppe Arcimboldo: Summer


I trust your co-creativity sky-rockets, and you are super inspired these days – straight from the Heart. Esp. arising from the area of life that corresponds with the astrological house where LEO is in your chart!
And that the ‘stinger’ from MARS in late, late SCORPIO hasn’t hijacked your process but shown you where, how, and why to go deeper. MARS will cross over the ‘PHOENIX POINT’ into SAG tomorrow! Onward-upward, fueled by the transformational process!


The LAMMAS LEO NEW MOON tomorrow Aug 2 (Blog post to follow) will be at 11° LEO.
Live Life Lovingly!
Access the LEO solid warmth-of-heart, and creative power in the area of life where mid LEO is in your chart!




1st house: How you show up. Celebrate and BE Yourself! 
2nd house: What you have and value – Own Your Radiance! 
3rd house: Your environment – Celebrate in the City!
4th house: Your home – Be the King or Queen – and generous Host/ess!
5th house: Your creativity – You’re the HEART-ist!
6th house: Your work and health – A warm Heart is the best health insurance, and good for your business too 🙂
7th house: Your significant others – they are special, as is your relationship!
8th house: Your deep involvement and transformations – perhaps from ego investment into the pure heart?
9th house: Your travels and worldviews – Travel with joy, and put your creations out there!
10th house: Your calling and purpose – is LOVE!
11th house: Your community – A Celebration! Where everyone’s a Star.
12th house: Your oneness with ALL – the ‘Real Gold’…


Happy LEO Times to y’all!



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